A p38 Blocking Drug Rejuvenates Aged Immune Systems

by on September 2, 2014
According to two new studies released by researchers at the University College of London, it may be possible to slow or reverse the aging of the immune system, specifically in a type of cells known as T lymphocytes. Both studies uncovered evidence that the ultimate fates T lymphocytes are controlled by a molecule known as […]

Desert Plant Derives Up To 90% Of Water-Intake From Gypsum Rock

by on September 1, 2014
Plant physiologists have discovered that the shallow rooted desert plant Helianthemum squamatum, derives up to 90% of its fluid requirements from crystallization water trapped in gypsum rock.  The finding represents a completely new kind of water source for life. The team of researchers, led by primary author Dr. Sara Palacio of the Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología […]


Massive Early Galaxy And Stellar Nursery Caught During Core-Formation For The First Time

by on August 31, 2014
A team of astronomers led by PhD student Erica Nelson of Yale University and Postdoctoral Fellow Stijn Wuyts of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics have discovered a giant galaxy in the initial stages of forming. The bustling star nursery is the densest ever seen, with millions of new stars forming at an incredible […]

2014 Ebola Outbreak Finally Traced To A Single Point Of Infection From Animal-To-Human

by on August 30, 2014
Researchers from the Broad Institute and MIT, in a burst of concentrated activity, have discovered that a single transmission from an animal source to a human is responsible for the current massive Ebola outbreak in West Africa that started in December of 2013 and continues to spread as of today.  Subsequent to this event, the […]

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Painless Electrical Stimulation Of The Ear Improves Heart Variability

by on August 29, 2014
A recent study lead by researchers at the University of Leeds reports that electrical impulses applied to the flap of the ear known as the tragus might be beneficial to hearts afflicted with disease.  The device used to apply electric pulses to the tragus is known as the TENS machine, and has bee used in […]
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Atomic Details Of NMDA Receptor Unveiled: Implicated In Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Depression, and Autism

by on August 28, 2014
Biologists from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have obtained the first ever atomic-level picture of the NMDA receptor, a neuronally expressed protein involved in receiving and sending both chemical and electrical messages between brain cells.  The receptor is implicated in a number of neurological or psychiatric diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism, and schizoprehnia.  It is […]

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Designed Metasurface Is A Thin, Near Perfect Acoustic Absorber

by on August 27, 2014
Physicists from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have created a thin metasurface material which functions as a near perfect sound absorber tunable to a desired frequency.  Unlike conventional sound absorbing material that is sometimes only effective when meters thick, the metasurface is “subwavelength” and therefore much thinner. Current sound absorption materials must […]

Unique Elemental Signature Of Small Orange Star Suggests A Massive Parental Primordial Giant 140 Times Our Sun’s Mass

by on August 26, 2014
Lead researcher Dr. Wako Aoki from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, senior author Dr. Young Sun Lee from New Mexico State University, and a team of astronomers have discovered a highly unusual star that is likely a direct descendant of a massive, primordial star that belonged to the early universe. The relic star SDSS […]


Subglacial Antarctic Lake Found To Contain Life In Isolated Ecosystem With Microbes That Eat Rock

by on August 25, 2014
A team of Antarctic researchers have discovered 800 meters beneath the Antarctic ice is a subglacial freshwater lake with a rich microbial ecosystem that consumes mineral particles for energy, obtains chemical nutrients from ancient decay matter seeping up through the ice bed, and exhibits self-contained nutrient cycles.  It is the first time microbial life has been […]

Eczema Fungus Found Everywhere Including Deep Hydrothermal Vents And Antarctic Soil

by on August 24, 2014
Professor Anthony Amend from the University of Hawaii at Manoa showed very recently that the fungus genus Malassezia is not only found on human skin with conditions such as dandruff and eczema, but has also been identified in marine environments such as deep-sea sediment, hydrothermal vents, corals, guts of lobster larvae, eel tissue, and Antarctica […]